7 Whole30-Friendly Restaurants in Chicago
Sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, soy and dairy. No, this isn’t our rendition of “My Favorite Things.” It’s the foods you must avoid on the trendy Whole30 diet. That’s no small feat in Chicago, where carbs and cheese reign supreme (hey there, deep dish). We’ve made it easy, however, by finding seven restaurants with delicious Whole30-friendly menus.
While it’s vegetable forward, it has plenty of animal proteins to keep you satisfied when you’re nixing grains and dairy. We recommend the snapper with fennel broth and furikake.
2015 W. Division St.; 773-697-8711 or cleverrabbitchicago.com
The Little Beet
Grilled cauliflower steak in green coconut curry. Crispy skin branzino with fennel and blood orange. Herb-roasted chicken with sunchokes and wilted pea leaves. Um, what diet?
845 N. State St.; 312-549-8600 or thelittlebeettable.com
As you probably guessed from the name, this Loop eatery specializes in salads. If you’re on Whole30, your best bet is to build your own with a choice of greens, proteins and crunchy add-ons like toasted sunflower seeds. Wash it down with a SOUND sparkling tea rather than your usual sugary soda.
Multiple locations; saladjoint.com
Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen
The crispy chicken sandwich with fries will tempt you. But trust us, dishes like the simply grilled Faroe Island salmon or #1 tuna salad with mango and avocado do not disappoint.
Multiple locations; docbsfreshkitchen.com
Order the charred asparagus in garlic-mushroom broth to start, but save room for the showstopping seafood hot pot. Eating your veggies never tasted so good.
802 W. Randolph St.; 312-265-1745 or badhunter.com
True Food Kitchen
The brainchild of PBS guru Dr. Andrew Weil, this spot dishes out fresh, wholesome and anti-inflammatory fare. The vegan artichoke pizza with almond ricotta (ask for a gluten free crust) tastes just as good as our usual delivery order.
1 W. Erie St.; 312-204-6981 or truefoodkitchen.com
Build your bowl on a base of greens, rather than rice. From there, opt for your tuna or salmon “naked” (aka without marinade) and stick to Whole30-approved veggie toppings, such as cucumbers, Maui onion and pineapple. It’s the perfect no-brainer brain food.
Multiple locations; alohapokeco.com